History Podcast Episodes

Good day! I am starting to put together some episodes for a podcast that I'll be doing next semester. I intend to use these to supplement the learning my AP students do, as our school moved to a 4x4 block and crunching the whole textbook into the length of a semester is going to require some additional support. Here are two recordings that I've done this week to supplement my 11th US History (not AP - that starts in January). You're welcome to listen. I hope you enjoy.

Please keep in mind that these are in no way intended to replace research or do anything but supplement the other things happening in class. These are not meant to be a total capture of the whole event in each episode, nor do I think I'm capable of covering absolutely everything. Just a good faith attempt to provide some study resources.

Proper podcast feeds will be up and running by January that you can subscribe to. For now, just the episodes.

The Korean War The Vietnam War
Korean War Podcast Episode Cover


Vietnam War Podcast Episode Cover



Election Predictions

For today's activity, my senior government classes are analyzing the electoral map, polling data from RealClearPolitics.com, and news articles from a variety of news sources to predict the outcome of the election. I thought it would be fun to post the results of their predictions here. Students divided up into groups to decide which direction each of the battleground states would go, and then reported back to the class. The class then voted to accept or reject their assessment. After each battleground state was decided on the map, all students were given the chance to challenge any state on the map, including the ones that had already been decided, by adding more information to their assessment.

Note: Students also have the opportunity to make their own map and submit their predictions. If they are accurate to each state when those results are certified, they will gain extra credit!

Period 3 Prediction Results

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Period 7 Prediction Results

This class managed to create a tie, and was unable to break it, so we discussed what happens in the incredibly unlikely chance that occurs.

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NYC in the 1930s

Here's another fantastic video journey through the past. This film comes from the 1930s, and large amounts of it are in color. You can see street scenes, architecture, firefighters and police preparing for their shifts, even some great footage aboard the Queen Mary, a British ocean liner. Look at all these old cars!

LA in the 1940's

Take a look at this film footage from a car driving around LA in the late 1940s. For atmosphere, I recommend listening to one of my playlists of top songs from the era while you watch. Lots that looks familiar, but a lot that looks very different from today.